How the Turkey Got Its Name

22-Nov-2007 by

Turkey name

There are a number of explanations for the origin of the name of Thanksgiving's favorite dinner guest. Some believe Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, and believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type of peacock. He therefore called it 'tuka,' which is 'peacock' in Tamil, an Indian language.

Though the turkey is actually a type of pheasant, one can't blame the explorer for trying.

The Native American name for turkey is 'firkee'; some say this is how turkeys got their name. Simple facts, however, sometimes produce the best answers—when a turkey is scared, it makes a "turk, turk, turk" noise.


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vikash kumar. says :

Good information. U know 'firkee' is also an Indian word of most popular language HINDI, meaning swing in air.
Posted on: 24 November 2007 - 4:42am